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Old 06-21-2011, 12:03 AM   #1
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Excessive stress on cabinent doors?

On our last outing, my better half let the mirrored cabinent door swing down as I took cover thinking chards of glass would be eminent .

Luckily everthing was fine or so I thought. After the unpack I noticed the door frame had a crack where the two pieces come together. I thought the force of slamming it closed had caused this so I had it fixed and all is well except the other side has the same problem. Im wondering if the spring supports that hold the door open have too much force in opening and closing causing this joint to fail? Has anyonelse seen this problem on theirs? I notice that it actually splits the wood so its visible on the outside. The picture on the top right is the one I just had fixed. Its nice and straight without joint failure.

So what do you think?

1. Reposition the struts so they are located on the verticle slats eliminating the stress on the joint? The downside is that the doors wont open as much.

2. Create some kind of metal support on the back side with screws to help that weak joint stay together when stressing it open and closed.

3. A different kind of strut that is easier to overcome down force?

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Old 06-21-2011, 01:03 AM   #2
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Hi, I think that you might want to reglue the joint, if possible, clamp it back together, and add a metal backer to spread the force out. That should fix it forever.
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Vinnie,

As Robert mentioned, I think the consensus will be....you need to do a number two with glue.

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What they said, Vinnie. Glue and clamp it.
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Thanks guys,

Do you think glue alone will hold it? If I was to add a metal strap would I then mount the strut directly to that? Would love to know if anyone has had this issue or is it just my luck.

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Mirrored door separation

I had the same problem with the two doors over the queen bed in our 2004 s/o.
I took the doors off so I could work on them easily and applied glue in the cracks and clamped over night. Than added bronze angle brackets and reinstalled the doors. Been fine since than.
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Vinnie,

Went out and looked at ours. Exact same style door, hinge and support bracket, but no sign of separation. The way the support spans the crack I wonder if that may have contributed to the brake, uneven surface and/or screws not tightened the same.
Probably best to take the door off, glue and clamp. You'll have to be sure that the screw holes still match the bracket. Make sure the attachment point is perfectly flat and the support will not stress the repair when tightened. If both the door and support bracket match well a secondary support may not be needed.

I could see the same thing happening to ours if the bracket was not aligned or tightened correctly, and you know as well as I, they were installed with a Tesla powered screw driver.
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The corner joints on those doors run the wrong way for maximum strength. It would have been much stronger if the vertical stiles ran the height of the door and the horizontal rails ran between them.
The bracket on the back of the break will make them very strong. I wouldn't rely on glue alone to hold these if the wood itself broke. The glue will probably hold but the wood next to it will give out.

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Here's the solution. Ace hardware had these goodies for about $3.00 bucks..

Now when I open and close the doors there is no more creaking and it fits flush up against the cabinent when closed.

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